Twenty years have passed since the National Academy of Medicine released its report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. While widespread recognition of disparities has increased, these disparities continue to persist. There are numerous sources of bias that affect whether people from traditionally underserved communities, including racial/ethnic populations, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA individuals, and others, receive the appropriate treatment and care. Addressing discrimination at a health systems level is essential for achieving health equity and improving health outcomes for all.

This session explored:

  • Evidence for health systems interventions designed to address structural discrimination.
  • Development and use of such interventions within institutions, highlighted by health system representatives and patient advisors.
  • Practical lessons learned from creating and implementing these interventions.
  • Methodological challenges of conducting patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) related to systems interventions.


Breakout Speaker

Georges Benjamin, M.D., MACP

  • Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Breakout Speaker

Ebony Boulware, M.D., MPH

  • Dean, Wake Forest University School of Medicine Chief Science Officer, Advocate Health
Breakout Speaker

Mason Dunn, J.D.

  • Director of Education and Research, MA LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, Equality Federation
Breakout Speaker

Kimberly Seals Allers

  • Executive Director, Narrative Nation Founder, Irth App
Breakout Speaker

Rupa Valdez, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor at the University of Virginia; President of the Blue Trunk Foundation